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    A non-racial national teachers' association has been launched at a mass meeting in Johannesburg.

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    SV INTERIOR Ex-president of South African Council of Churches speaking to teachers in English

    SV Fanyana Mazibuko of Soweto Teachers' Action Committee speaking to teachers

    TRANSCRIPT: REV. JOHN THORNE: "South Africa is a land that has been scourged by the separation of races. And today we site, with the legacy of estrangement and alienation...of blazing hatred, distrust. And yet, physically, we are thrown together day by day. The ultimatum is very clear. We are either going to perish together as fools or we are going to live together as brothers and sisters."

    FANYANA MAZIBUKO: "Some people feel very strongly that there's nothing that a group such as this that is here tonight can do about the situation. The argument advanced is that the present educational crisis merely is a symptom of a greater evil that pervades the entire fabric of life in South Africa. In fact, it is said that the educational crisis is one of the symptoms of a serious political disorganisation in this country. The solution therefore, it is said, is a political one. It pains me to see that in my almost continuous grappling with this problem I come to the conclusion that the argument sounds very chronic."

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    Background: A non-racial national teachers' association has been launched at a mass meeting in Johannesburg. A thousand school, college and university teachers gathered to push for a single and equal education system in South Africa. The newly-formed National Education Union will oppose the white-only Teachers' Council and other government-created teaching bodies. Two key speakers at the meeting were Fanyana Mazibuko of the Soweto Teachers' Action Committee, and the Reverend John Thorne, former president of the South African Council of Churches -- the first to speak.

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